Eddie Foy: A Biography of the Early Popular Stage Comedian

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McFarland, Jan 1, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages
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Just a century ago Eddie Foy was the consummate stage comedian. A versatile performer, Foy contributed to the development of popular theater from the Civil War to the Roaring Twenties, from poverty-inspired Irish two-acts to lavish musical comedies.
This first-ever biography of Foy tells the story of his indigent childhood in New York's Bowery and in Chicago, his tough uphill climb as a variety artist at Western outposts, his success in vaudeville and Broadway, and his arrival as a national icon with the Seven Little Foys. Foy's career mirrored the growth of popular theater entertainment in America. Exhaustively researched, this work contains many rare personal photographs from the Foy family archives.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Men of Color
161
MultiMedia Headliner
176
A Man for All Occasions
196
Anything for the Money
213
Epilogue
227
Performance Chronology
235
Chapter Notes
243
Index
251
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